Where Curious and Open Minds Aspire

The Department of Educational Psychology trains the next generation of leaders in cognitive and developmental sciences, counseling psychology, educational statistics and measurement, school and clinical mental health counseling, and school psychology.

For more than 50 years, the department has focused on building multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists, and in 2013 it won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.

Our Programs

Undergraduate Options

Minor in Counseling

Counselors help individuals resolve personal and social problems. Although a minimum of a master’s degree is required to be a professional counselor, the helping skills and developmental perspectives that form the foundation of counseling are applicable to many professions. The Counseling minor is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in professional psychology (counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology) or related fields such as school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or mental health counseling, social work, nursing, allied health professions.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits required for the minor, at least 9 of them in 300 level and above courses taken in residence at UWM. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor taken at UWM. The following courses are required:

Educational Psychology 212: Career Planning and Development
Educational Psychology 220: Positive Psychology applied to Culture, Learning and Development
Communication 350: Intercultural Communication OR
Communication 402: Gender and Communication
Educational Psychology 330: Introduction to Learning and Development OR Educational Psychology 640: Human Development: Theory and Research (U/G)
Counseling 403: Overview of Counseling Skills
Counseling 600: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (U/G)

Counseling Minor Program Sheet (PDF)

CEED-CDS Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

BS in Community Engagement and Education + MS in Cognitive and Developmental Sciences

To learn more about the five-year accelerated Master’s degree program, please visit the CEED-CDS Accelerated Master’s Degree Program webpage.

Undergraduate Courses

Want to make the most of your college experience? Need help choosing a major and setting your career path? Preparing for a career in one of the helping fields? Looking to improve your listening and coping skills?

Then you'll want to check out these exciting course offerings from the Ed Psych Department for incoming Freshman and current undergrads!

Educational Psychology Undergraduate Course Offerings

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021

Cognitive and Developmental Sciences MS - October 1, 2020
Cognitive and Developmental Sciences PhD - October 1, 2020
Educational Statistics and Measurement MS - October 1, 2020
Educational Statistics and Measurement PhD - October 1, 2020

Fall 2021

Cognitive and Developmental Sciences MS - December 1, 2020
Cognitive and Developmental Sciences PhD - December 1, 2020
Counseling Psychology PhD - December 1, 2020
Educational Statistics and Measurement MS - February 15, 2021
Educational Statistics and Measurement PhD - February 15, 2021
School/Clinical Mental Health Counseling: MS – November 10, 2020/February 15, 2021*
School Psychology PhD - December 15, 2020
School Psychology EdS - January 3, 2021

*Early Deadline for the School and/or Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs: Applicants should apply by November 10 of the year prior to entry, or earlier, if they plan to apply for School of Education scholarships and University-wide fellowships. Applicants who complete the application by the early call deadline will be notified with an admission decision by mid-December. Please note that many scholarship and fellowship deadlines are in mid-January and to be eligible for these opportunities, applicants should choose the early call deadline.

All School and/or Clinical Mental Health applications not received by the early call deadline will be held until the final call deadline of February 15. Applicants who complete the application by the final call deadline will be notified with an admission decision by mid-March.

Final call deadline may be flexible for applicants who hold a master’s degree and are applying to meet certification requirements for post-master’s certification.

To find out if your application can be reviewed after the posted deadline, please contact our graduate program admissions staff at (414) 229-4599 or email soeinfo@uwm.edu.

Note: If dates falls on a weekend, deadline will be the following Monday.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data Tables

Counseling Psychology PhD (PDF)

School Psychology Program PhD (PDF)

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229-4721

Information Request Form

Questions about admissions?

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721

The Master’s Degree Application Checklist (PDF) & PhD Degree Application Checklist (PDF) may be a helpful resources. For more information on international admissions, please visit the Center for International Education.

Frequently Asked Questions About Applying for the Educational Psychology PhD Program (PDF)

Mailing Address

School of Education
Department of Educational Psychology
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Shipping Address

Department of Educational Psychology
Enderis Hall 709
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211-3159